Definition of vicuña in English:


Line breaks: vi¦cuña
Pronunciation: /vɪˈkjuːnjə
, -kuː-, vɪˈkuːnə/


  • 1A wild relative of the llama, inhabiting mountainous regions of South America and valued for its fine silky wool.
    • Vicugna vicugna, family Camelidae
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    • Franklin began his foray into the camelid world through his studies of vicuñas and guanacos of South America two decades ago.
  • 1.1 [mass noun] Cloth made from the wool of the vicuña or an imitation of it.
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    • Loro Piana uses only pure cashmere or precious vicuña fibers (a highly-valued yarn known to the Incas as ‘fiber of the Gods‘) in its collection.
    • You're already getting the suit and tie, so you might as well go all the way and purchase a made-to-measure Brioni vicuña wool overcoat.
    • The theatre is a perfect symbol of Buenos Aires: flamboyant and decaying, a little melancholy, full of men in vicuña coats and society ladies in diamonds that might just, these days, be paste.


early 17th century: from Spanish, from Quechua.

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